Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My Violin Group: Class picture at the MPO Office

These pictures was taken at the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) Office. We are conducting our lessons there every Saturday.

Group Picture 1: (From left to right) Ron, JJ, Ate Jessica (The Teacher), Me

Group Picture 2: (From left to right) Ron, JJ, Me, Ate Jessica (Sensei)

ME and Our Teacer (Jessica Trinidad) - She owns a Violin made by a famous Filipino Luthier, Amador Tamayo.

We are 5 in our class but unfortunately the other 2 is absent. This is the last lesson for our group class. After learning some pieces, the 3 of us have decided to re-enroll to further our learning. =) Class starts September 27.

It's fun learning the violin!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Video: Suzuki Violin School: Volume 1

I 've managed to collect videos on YouTube and posted it in here for easy reference. This collection is a good reference for those using the Suzuki Method and the Suzuki Violin School book, Violin Part, Volume 1 by Suzuki Method International.

Most of the videos here were played by a female violin player from South Korea. I am a subscriber of her videos on Youtube. The pieces were played using an electric violin.

The other 2 videos (Lightly Row and Andantino) were posted on Youtube by violinspieler from Germany.

Enjoy Watching!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Variations, Shinichi Suzuki

2. Lightly Row,
Folk Song

3. Song of the Wind,
Folk Song

4. Go Tell Aunt Rhody,
Folk Song

5. O Come, Little Children,
Folk Song

6. May Song,
Folk Song

7. Long, Long Ago,
T.H. Bayly

8. Allegro,
Shinichi Suzuki

9. Perpetual Motion,
Shinichi Suzuki

10. Allegretto, Shinichi Suzuki

11. Andantino, Shinichi Suzuki

12. Etude, Shinichi Suzuki

13. Minuet 1, J.S. Bach

14. Minuet 2, J.S. Bach

15. Minuet 3,
J.S. Bach

16. The Happy Farmer,
R. Schumann

17. Gavotte, F.J. Gossec

The CD that comes with the book is of course the best reference for the Volume 1 pieces but a visual reference is also a great help.

You are encouraged to bookmark this page. :D

Special thanks to sori1004jy and violinspieler.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Suzuki Recital with Mr. Shinichi Suzuki

A rare video of Mr. Suzuki's students in a recital. 

These kids are great! Maybe all of them are now accomplished violinists in Japan.

They are playing "Bach A Minor Concerto 3rd Movement" of  Suzuki Book 7. 


I wish I had a great teacher like him when I was I child! hehe

Violinist: Hilary Hahn

She's on my list. One of the best violinist of this generation. At 28 years of age she had already traveled so many countries, touring for concerts and album promotions. She is Hilary Hahn.

photo credit: Kasskara courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon

Hilary Hahn is an American violinist born November 27, 1979 in Lexington, Virginia.

Hahn began playing the violin one month before her fourth birthday in the Suzuki Program of Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory. She participated in a Suzuki class for about a year. Between 1984 and 1989 Hahn studied in Baltimore under the direction of Klara Berkovich. In 1990, at the age of ten, Hahn was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she became a student of Jascha Brodsky. Hahn studied with Brodsky for seven years and learned the études of Kreutzer, Ševčík, Gaviniès, Rode, as well as the Paganini Caprices. She also learned about twenty-eight violin concertos, recital programs, and several other short pieces.

"At the age of 28, Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is one of the most compelling artists on the international concert circuit. Renowned for her intellectual and emotional maturity, she was named "America's Best" young classical musician by Time Magazine in 2001, and appears on a regular basis with the world's great orchestras in Europe, Asia, and North America." - HilaryHahn.com

Her Instrument

Hilary Hahn plays an 1864 Vuillaume violin that was formerly owned by the Russian violinist Samuel Lande who was a friend of Klara Berkovich, Hahn’s first teacher. Hahn uses Dominant strings and bows by French bow makers Paul Jombar and Emil Miquel.

Some of my favorite Hilary Hahn videos on YouTube

Hilary Hahn - Sibelius Violin Concerto (Allegro Moderato) - she is still very young on this video. She recorded Schoenberg & Sibelius Violin Concertos with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra this year.

Hilary Hahn plays Der Erlkoenig

Hilary Hahn Plays Paganiniana

Visit Hilary Hahn website to know more about her. hilaryhahn.com
She's got an online journal and she writes some articles there. That's what she said in an interview before.